William Read was born in County Down, Ireland; he was a lieutenant colonel of the Royal North Down Rifles, and evidently an acquaintance of Alaric Alexander Watts, who published his poetry in the Literary Souvenir. D. J. O'Donoghue: "Read was a clever and rather well-known young poet in 1820, and used to write frequently for Literary Gazette, etc. over signature of 'Eustace'" Poets of Ireland (1912) 395. His poem Rouge et Noir was written against the evils of gambling.
An effusion of feeling on the lamented death of the Princess Charlotte. 1817.
The hill of caves in two cantos, with other poems. 1818.
Rouge et noir: a poem in 6 cantos. 1821.
Rouge et noir ... and Versailles; a poem. 1830.
Sketches from Dover Castle ... and other poems. 1859.